When did you fall in love with books?
I first fell in love with non-fiction books around the age of 18. I was in the Army going through A.I.T. (Advance Individual Training) and I was stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, with no transportation. I started hanging out at the the post library and got hooked on auto-biographies / biograhies. I started reading anything I could find: Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois, etc. I didn’t start reading fiction until years later – and even then I was pretty selective about what I read. To this day, I don’t read much fiction. I write fiction, but I prefer non-fiction.
When did you realize you wanted to write?
I didn’t think about writing until 2005, after I went through a personal situation that upset me so much that I needed to vent. Since committing assault on the person who hurt me would have landed me in jail, I opted to vent on paper. That personal crisis became my first novel which was published in 2006, Mama’s Lies – Daddy’s Pain.
Who are your favorite authors?
Truth be told, my favorite authors don’t write fiction, they write “Self Help / Motivational” books. I will read anything by people like Dennis Kimbro and Brian Tracy. This may sound odd, but I don’t read enough fiction to have a “favorite” author. Of course, I have several “author” friends and I root for their success; but, I can’t say that there is a fiction author whom I just run out to buy his/her books when they are released. Although, lately I’ve been reading a lot of Sue Grafton’s Mystery novels.
What are your favorite books?
My favorite non-fiction books are: “What Makes The Great, Great” and “Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice” by Dennis Kimbro; “Goals” by Brian Tracy; and “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. My favorite fiction books are: “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison; “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.
Are you currently working on anything new? If so, when should we expect it?
I’m working on several novels right now. I have a novella that will be released in November – as a part of the Three the Hard Way project (my partnership with Rickey Teems II and Moses Miller). The novella is titled, “I Didn’t Sign Up For This”. My next novel, “AMNESIA” will be released on December 1, 2012. In 2013, I will be releasing more Mainstream Fiction novels, but I will also release my first novel in the Mystery genre.
What makes you unique as an author?
I think the uniqueness of my story lines and the mystery slant that most of my books take on makes me different from most authors. I’ve evolved as an author. I’m so much different than I was in 2006 when I released, “The S.W.A.P. Game”. I’m a much better writer and my interest are so much different now. Lately, I’ve become bored with writing, that’s one of the reasons why I’ve decided to branch off and write Mystery novels – I need to spread my wings. Many of the relationship based story lines that African-American readers gravitate to have been recycled and beaten to death. If I’m going to continue to do this I have to keep it fresh and new.
Why should readers pick up your books?
I think readers should pick up my books because they are designed to make you think and debate. I create storylines around moral dilemmas that divide the room. If you are a reader who is tired of reading about: philandering pastors; women caught in love triangles; brothas raised in the projects and grew up to become drug kingpins; etc…you should read one of my novels to get a taste of something new. Now let me be clear, I’m not dissing authors who choose to write about those aformentioned topics – authors should get in where they fit in. I’m just being honest and saying that I try to stay away from that which is cliche.
Brian W. Smith is the author of severalbestselling novels: Nina’s Got A Secret, DEADBEAT, BEATER, Mama’s Lies – Daddy’s Pain, and If These Trees Could Talk. He is the President of Hollygrove Publishing and has a major book deal with Simon and Schuster. Brian is also an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing. Brian’s educational background consists of two Bachelor of Science Degrees (Business Administration and Criminal Justice) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Dallas. Brian is a native of New Orleans, LA, and currently lives in Dallas, Texas.
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